: valley, vale
went riding over hill and dale

Examples of dale in a Sentence

the beautiful hills and dales of our county a hunting lodge in a secluded dale in the country
Recent Examples on the Web As flushing and pointing breeds pound the uplands for miles, retrievers make repeated swims in icy water or hounds run over hill and dale, their bodies shift from using carbs for quick energy needs to tapping into fat as an energy source. Brian Lynn, Field & Stream, 21 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, gusty winds blow estrous scent over hill and dale, and bucks become frantic to find its sources. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 3 Apr. 2023 But over hill and dale and mud and snow? Josh Max, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Autumn color usually lasts into early November, so there’s time for several fall drives over hill and dale in our corner of Arkansas. Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2022 In the Fayetteville-Spring-dale-Rogers area, the average price was $3.61, about 41 cents higher than last week and 52 cents higher than a month ago. Arkansas Online, 8 Mar. 2022 There will be additional food items available for purchase, including foolish mortal funnel cake and an apple ginger dale frozen drink. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 2 June 2021 Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'? Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Hike along the River Swale, discovering waterfalls and enchanting hamlets tucked in among the dales. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English dæl; akin to Old High German tal valley, Welsh dôl

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dale was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dale. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: valley

Biographical Definition

Dale 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Sir Henry Hallett 1875–1968 English physiologist


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

Sir Thomas died 1619 English colonial administrator in Virginia

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